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Resolutions & Amendments

36th International Convention - Anaheim, CA (2004)

Feasibility Study Researching International's Ability to Administer Membership Healthcare Services

Resolution No. 50
36th International Convention
June 21 - 25, 2004
Anaheim, CA


Health insurance premiums and underlying medical expenses have risen dramatically since 1998. Factors accounting for rising cost include growth in pharmaceutical expenses, expensive new technologies, aging of the population, increase in consumer demand, broader managed care networks, and provider consolidation; and


Hospital-based outpatient costs increased 922 percent from 1981 through 2000. National health expenditures increased 356 percent; physician services 422 percent, and hospital inpatient services 172 percent; and


The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services project that continued increases in health care spending from 2002-2010 will include a 21 percent increase in the cost of hospital care, 19 percent in physician services, 21 percent in outpatient prescription and over-the-counter drugs and 10 percent in nursing home and home health care; and


Many workers AFSCME represents or seeks to organize do not get health care coverage from their employers and, given ever-increasing costs, every worker's coverage is at risk; and


Without health insurance, individuals are less likely to have access to healthcare services and are more likely to go without preventive and primary health care services, which ultimately leads to costly and acute healthcare episodes.


That AFSCME International will utilize their organizational and managerial capabilities to develop a feasibility study to research its ability to obtain or provide health care coverage for its members.


Sherry Strother, President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 1170, Council 67